Proverbs 31 is well-known among Christian women as the greatest example of a godly wife and mother. But what about the many single women? What can they learn from this chapter? And, is there anything here for the Christian wife who has no children? I believe there is. Being a Christian wife with no children, I have given this quite a bit of thought.
When I think of the Proverbs 31 woman, I contrast with her the foolish woman of Proverbs 7:11. Actually, this woman in Proverbs 7 is more than foolish — she is an adulteress. Her distinguishing trait is that she has feet that “never stay at home.” This is in great contrast to the wise and godly woman of Proverbs 31 who works diligently in her home. Home is where it is. All of us can have homes that are a safe place, a refuge for family, friends and neighbors — homes where comfort and compassion abound.
The wise woman is also known for the supporting role she plays in others’ lives. She is no show-off, but she does lift up those around her and help them to succeed. We can all do that. In our families, churches and communities, we can point out the good we see in others, and offer advice and encouragement. We can push them on to unknown heights.
The Proverbs 31 woman is self-sufficient. She doesn’t rely on anyone else for her well-being, safety or comfort. She is no burden to anyone. She contributes to society, and is an asset to her community.
Above all, she knows what’s going on in the world. She sees the world as it is, and sees the needs of people, and she seeks to be used by God to help meet those needs, starting first within those sacred bounds God has given to her, her home.